Thomas on top Down Under

23 January 2013 / 08:34

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas took the lead of cycling's Tour Down Under with a dramatic win on stage two to Rostrevor.

The Welshman, part of Great Britain's gold medal-winning team pursuit line-ups at the last two Olympics, made a bold break on the daunting Corkscrew Hill climb and was rewarded with victory in a sprint finish.

"It was a good day. I felt good from the start," Thomas told reporters at the finish line.

"The boys looked after me and worked well for me all day, and yesterday."

Thomas avoided a late pile-up which took down world champion Philippe Gilbert and edged out Movistar's Javier Moreno for the stage win, with Ben Hermans third for RadioShack.

The same trio occupy the podium positions in the general classification, with Thomas holding a five-second lead.